Average: 4.6 (104 votes)

April 9, 1977

Chicago, IL US

Chicago Stadium

Setlist:

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone.

Notes:

77 programme

Click here to view the US '77 Tour Programme (flipbook)

 


 The show lasts only an hour as Jimmy becomes ill with food poisoning.

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"Food Poisoning" from the first row

My friend Max and I took turns camping out in front of the Flip Side record store on Foster Av for tickets to this show.. First in line, we camped for 3 days and nights, bringing each other food, drink and other "supplies" to get us through the long days and nights. For our efforts, we scored 2 first row tickets and 2 third row tickets. Max and I took the first row, and our friends Leslie and Gerry (RIP Gerry) took the third row. I still have the stub. Section B, Row A, Seat 16. Huge Zep freaks, we were in rock and roll heaven! Night of the show, Max and I were literally shaking as we took our seats. Un-f*cking-believable! We're in the first row at a Zep concert! But as the show got under way, something wasn't quite right. Page was sounding a little "sloppy". He swayed back and forth a little too much as he played. During No Quarter, he dropped his pick in the dry ice fog, and started fanning his hand back and forth in the fog, trying to find it. An exercise in futility. Something was definitely "not right" with him. 
 
I only have my observations to go on, and have absolutely no facts to question the official "food poisoning" explanation.  But it seemed to me that maybe, just maybe, the cause may have been the result of ingesting something a little more "recreational"?  I'm pretty sure I saw him smile a time or two.  But it's been 32 years so maybe I'm not remembering everything as clearly as I think I do.
 
No matter the cause, it was an absolutely incredible experience to see the guys live and so close.  Even for just those short 65 minutes.  It was something I will never forget, and worth every second of those 3 days in line.
 
As others have commented, the show came to an abrupt end, and we were told to hold our ticket stubs, and the show would be re-scheduled. Long story short, just before the re-scheduled show, Plant's oldest son Karac died, so again, we were told to hold our stubs and it would be re-scheduled again. And then, just before the second re-scheduled show (now over a year since the original) Bonzo died. This time we were told we could return our stubs and get our 10 bucks back. As I said, I kept mine. Our friends in the third row managed to get about half a dozen pictures that I still have, so I may try posting them to this site. All in all, a sad, yet extremely memorable, time for all. And I'm still a Zep freak......